Expert Hazard Awareness online

Location Four online sessions

Date 7th August 2020

Duration 4 days

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 9.5

Price £200 per delegate per session or £700 per delegate for all four sessions

The course runs throughout the year and is scheduled to run on consecutive weeks in May and August on the following dates: 7, 14, 15 and 22 May 2020 and 7, 13, 14 and 21 August 2020.


This expert course provides delegates with an understanding of the potential consequences of hydrocarbon releases in the oil and gas industry by reference to key experimental research, modelling, major incidents and live demonstrations. Held at Spadeadam Testing and Research, it uses lectures, workshops and live demonstrations to develop attendees technical understanding of dispersion, fires and explosions.

Course outline

Outflow and dispersion, including:

  • factors affecting fluid outflow from a loss of containment
  • vapour production, dispersion and build-up of flammable clouds.

Explosions, including:

  • production of damaging overpressures from flammable clouds
  • vapour cloud explosions
  • deflagration to detonation transition
  • modelling tools for explosions
  • explosion loading and mitigation.

Fires, including:

  • types of fires
  • characteristics and their relation to the potential consequences and mitigation
  • modelling of fire events.

The relevance of technical aspects will be reviewed in workshops focussed on major accidents. Live demonstrations will include:

  • liquid nitrogen spill
  • butane vapour cloud deflagration
  • confined, vented explosion
  • spindle, flange and large jet fires.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will understand:

  • how gas is dispersed and the factors which can affect this
  • the build-up of flammable clouds
  • the relevance of vapour clouds to onshore and offshore facilities
  • why some vapour cloud explosions cause damaging overpressures
  • relevance of DDT in real site conditions
  • explosion modelling
  • explosion loading and mitigation
  • types of fires
  • fire characteristics and how they can be related to consequences and mitigation
  • fire modelling.

You will experience a range of demonstrations which will provide practical demonstrations of the topics discussed. These will include:

  • liquid nitrogen spill
  • butane vapour cloud deflagration
  • confined, vented explosion
  • spindle, flange and large jet fires
  • kerosene jet fire
  • methanol and diesel pool fires
  • hydrogen detonation.

Who will benefit

The course is suitable for those who require a greater depth of knowledge regarding hydrocarbon releases, including safety managers/representatives, hazard assessment engineers, technical safety engineers, incident investigators, major hazards researchers and insurance loss assessors.

Contact Phone +44 (0)16977 47404

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